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Best pumpkins for Halloween

Pumpkin Rouge Vif d'Etampes. Picture courtesy Dobies

Plan your own pumpkin patch with Dobies

Pumpkin Old Boer White. Picture courtesy Dobies

It may be too late to grow your own pumpkins for this Halloween but you can start planning your patch for next year with this selection from Dobies.

Pumpkin Old Boer White (Rob Smith Heritage Veg Range), 15 seeds, £3: Rob said: “Originating in South Africa, I first came across this beautiful, pure white pumpkin while in Cape Town.

“It is flatter than most other pumpkins, with pronounced ribbing to the skin.

“The white skin is a complete contrast to the creamy orange flesh inside. Having a very small seed cavity means that each of these 6.8-9kg (15-20lb) fruits has more usable, sweet flesh.

Squash Uchiki Kuri. Picture courtesy Dobies

“Renowned across South Africa, not only for its great storing quality but for its superb cooking and baking prowess.

“The skin is easily cut with a sharp knife, rather than needing a saw to cut it like some other pumpkins.

“Beautiful roasted and served with casseroles, or sprinkle with cumin and bake to make pumpkin chips.

“Why not take advantage of this ghostly white variety and be the talking point of the town at Halloween?”

Pumpkin Orbit. Picture courtesy Dobies

Pumpkin Rouge Vif d’Etampes, 15 seeds, £2.99: A reddish-orange flat pumpkin which should give an impressive two to four 9kg fruits per plant.

As well as making a tasty addition to winter meals, they’re a great choice for carving for Halloween.

Moderate resistance to powdery mildew.

Uchiki Kuri, 10 seeds, £1.79: A teardrop-shaped Japanese ‘Hubbard’ type squash. It’s easy to grow and boasts a sweet and nutty flavour.

It will easily set around four 1.5kg fruits per semi-trailing plant. The hardy, drought-tolerant plants prefer a sunny spot.

Pumpkin Orbit F1, 10 seeds, £1.99: A semi-bush variety better suited to small spaces, so ideal for modern gardens.

The bright orange, quick maturing, fruit are delicious and perfect for Halloween.

Fruits weigh 6-8 lbs and store well in a dry environment at about 10°C.

Pumpkin Atlantic Giant. Picture courtesy Dobies

Pumpkin Atlantic Giant, 6 seeds, £2.99: Can grow to more than 300kg!

This is the really big one, regularly producing monsters.

If you want to win the local pumpkin growing competition or just grow a huge one for Halloween then this is it. Harvest September-November.

For more information, visit www.dobies.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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